The B.A. (Hons) in Psychology is designed as a four-year course. To graduate, students are required to complete 128 academic units (AUs) from the Psychology Major Requirements and General Education Requirements (GER). The distribution of the courses of study and the number of academic units are shown in the table below.

Course Type









Business and Management (BM)


Liberal Arts (LA)


GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA)


GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA)




Total AU


The Major Requirements for Psychology Major consists of 2 components:

  • Major Core Courses (27 AUs)
  • Major Prescribed Electives (42 AUs)

Students are recommended to take an average of 3 psychology courses every semester (except for the first semester of Year 1).

Students are strongly encouraged to read the Psychology Core courses as soon as they are offered. These courses form the pre-requisites for more advanced psychology courses. A failure to clear the core courses as early as possible will impose restrictions on the choice of courses in future semesters.

Students should complete one laboratory course in Year 3, before the start of the Graduation Project/FYP.

Important note to students going on exchange (both overseas and local)

  1. Students must complete all Major Core courses at NTU.
  2. Students are only permitted to complete up to a maximum of three courses during the exchange and have them count towards fulfilling their Major-Electives requirement.

The 9 Major Core courses (27 AUs) are compulsory foundation courses designed to provide broad overviews of major areas of psychology. They serve as the basic foundation for more advanced studies in psychology. Each course is equivalent to 3 AUs. Level 1000 courses should be completed in Year 1. The remaining core courses should ideally be completed by the end of Year 2.

HP1000 Introduction to Psychology
HP1100 Fundamentals of Social Science Research
HP2100 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology
HP2200 Biological Psychology
HP2300 Developmental Psychology
HP2400 Social Psychology
HP2500 Personality and Individual Differences
HP2600 Cognitive Psychology
HP2700 Abnormal Psychology

Major Elective courses provide students with opportunities to explore specialized areas of psychology in more depth and intensity. The students may select their courses of study according to their own interests and career goals.

Students must choose 10 electives (34 AUs) from the wide range of Psychology Prescribed Electives with 6 level 3000 courses and 4 level 4000 courses.

HP3001 Learning and Behavioral Analysis
HP3002 Positive Psychology
HP3003 Engineering Psychology
HP3100 Selected Topics in Basic Psychological Sciences
HP3101 Applied Statistical Methods for Psychological Research
HP3200 Selected Topics in Social and Personality Psychology
HP3201 Evolutionary Psychology
HP3202 Alcohol, Drugs and Behaviour
HP3203 Conservation Psychology
HP3204 An Ape's Guide to Human Language
HP3300 Selected Topics in Applied Psychological Sciences
HP3301 Issues and Concerns in Adolescence
HP3302 Cognitive Development
HP3401 The Social Psychology of Human Communication
HP3402 Social Cognition
HP3501 Human Motivation
HP3601 Human Memory
HP3602 Reading Development and Disorders
HP3603 Sensation and Perception​
HP3701 Psychological Adjustment and Mental Health
HP3702 Child Psychopathology
HP3703 Health Psychology
HP3704 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
HP3705 Clinical Community Psychology
HP3706 Biofeedback & Neurofeedback: Health and Performance
HP3707 The Psychology of Pain and its Management
HP3708 Biopsychosocial Criminology
HP3801 Psychology in the Workplace
HP3802 Personnel Psychology
HP3804 Psychological Testing
HP3805 Managing Organisational Behavior
HP3806 Consumer Psychology
HP3807 Occupational Health Psychology​
HP3901 Cultural Psychology
HP3902 Psychology in the Asian Context

Level 4000 courses are divided into four types: Laboratory courses, Professional courses, Seminars and Graduation Project/FYP (for eligible students).


  • Graduation Project/FYP
    The Graduation Project/FYP exposes students to the elements that are inherent in independent research work in psychology.

    HP4099 Graduation Project/FYP (8AUs)

The GER-Core courses are specified by the School as being essential for the training of today’s Social Sciences graduates. The courses cover areas such as communication and environmental sustainability.

    Students to choose 4 courses from 3 categories of studies.

    • Science, Technology and Society
    • Business and Management
    • Liberal Arts

    There are no restrictions on the selection of courses to make up unrestricted electives. Students can choose any of the following:

    • Complete a Minor in another discipline.
    • Earn AUs under an International Exchange programme.
    • Earn AUs under the optional Professional Attachment programme offered under SSS.
    • Any course offered by any School as long as the pre-requisites are satisfied.


    For information about the University Academic Unit System, Grade Point Average System and calculation of Honours Classification, please refer to the AUS Handbook: